Corona Watch

30 April 2020 | Economics

Malawi

Malawi will launch an emergency cash transfer programme targeting about 1 million people and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, president Arthur Peter Mutharika said.

Eligible households will receive a 35 000 Malawi kwacha (US$40) monthly payment, matching the country's minimum wage, through mobile cash transfer starting in May, Mutharika said.

Malawi's High Court on Tuesday extended indefinitely an order barring the government from imposing a 21-day coronavirus lockdown which was announced by Mutharika earlier this month. – Nampa/Reuters/AFP

Morocco

More than 300 cases of novel coronavirus have been detected at three Moroccan prisons after a campaign of testing of inmates and guards in the country's 73 jails, the prisons service said Tuesday.

The prison service has said the virus in Morocco's jails, which hold nearly 80 000 inmates, are under control thanks to "preventive measures" such as quarantines and remotely held court hearings.

In early April, more than 5 650 detainees were released under royal pardons in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in the country's notoriously overcrowded penitentiaries. – Nampa/AFP

Egypt

Egypt registered 260 new infections of the novel coronavirus and 22 death, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the highest daily rise for both figures.

Egypt, a country of 100 million, has closed its airports to contain the pandemic and imposed a night curfew but pushed back the starting time to 9 p.m., two hours later than initially in place. – Nampa/Reuters

Uganda

Uganda has stepped up restrictions on trucks passing through its territory – limiting them to one driver and banning them from stopping over in hotels - in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The landlocked country sits on some of east Africa's busiest road cargo routes that funnel goods from ports in Kenya and Tanzania further inland to Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Drivers have already been complaining about long queues building up on the Uganda-Kenya border as officials from both countries carry out health checks, according to reports on NTV and other local media.

Uganda had registered 79 Covid-19 cases as of Tuesday, at least 16 of them truckers arriving from Kenya and Tanzania, according to health ministry figures. – Nampa/Reuters

Similar News

 

World's top companies urge green action

1 day - 22 September 2020 | Economics

Simon Jessop - Some of the world's biggest companies yesterday backed growing calls for governments to do more to reverse the accelerating destruction of the...

Majority women still in running to head WTO

1 day - 22 September 2020 | Economics

Geneva - Three women - two Africans and a South Korean - were among the five candidates still in the running to take the helm...

WeChat, TikTok ban is test for open internet

1 day - 22 September 2020 | Economics

Rob Lever - The US ban on Chinese-owned apps WeChat and TikTok sets up a pivotal legal challenge on digital free expression with important ramifications...

!Gawaxab on his first 100 days

5 days ago - 18 September 2020 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU - Even before the coronavirus crisis, Namibia’s economy was contracting, unemployment was high and fiscal space severely constrained if not exhausted, creating an...

Government support business sector

6 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Economics

Government has paid out N$ 3.8 billion for outstanding invoices and value-added tax in support of the business sector including small and medium enterprises (SMEs)...

Whk informal settlements don’t have capacity

6 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Economics

Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu said unplanned informal settlements in Windhoek will be declared reception areas that will be decongested in order to reduce the spread...

Namibia's investment risk increases - report

6 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Economics

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe risk of investing in Namibia has been increasing, while rewards have been declining, according to a new investment report. The coronavirus pandemic...

Policy void fuels poverty

1 week ago - 16 September 2020 | Economics

JM Kretschmer - The Namibian government has of late come under increased pressure from all sectors of society, and in a key turn of events...

August inflation a bitter fruit

1 week ago - 16 September 2020 | Economics

Although annual overall inflation of 2.4% last month was below the 3.7% of a year ago, overall food inflation is starting to heat up. According...

Hobbling SA govt relief package

1 week ago - 16 September 2020 | Economics

Emma Rumney and Alexander Winning - South Africa's National Treasury plans no further easing of its coronavirus loan scheme criteria to stimulate uptake, it told...

Latest News

The evil that men do

9 hours ago | Crime

JEMIMA BEUKESREHOBOTH The mother of two-week-old Charmaine Moss, who died after allegedly being raped by her father, has revealed shocking details about what had transpired...

Death of football further divides...

9 hours ago | Opinion

At the time when Namibians are angry at so many things – Covid-19, high unemployment rates and general levels of poverty – sport is the...

IPC dissident opens case against...

9 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) outcast Henry Ngenomesho has opened a case of assault by threat against party president Dr...

Antipsychotic drugs back in stock

9 hours ago | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI After being out of stock for six months, the country has finally received antipsychotic and antidepressant medication....

Meatco works towards inclusivity

9 hours ago | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKMeatco hosted a stakeholder engagement meeting with mainly weekend farmers and members of the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union (NECFU) last week.These farmers are...

Meat industry players meet

9 hours ago | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe Meatco board last week paid a courtesy visit to the Meat Board of Namibia to discuss how to address crucial matters hampering the...

Breaking the stigma of dementia

9 hours ago | Health

ERWIN LEUSCHNERSWAKOPMUNDSwakopmund's Alzheimer Dementia Namibia (ADN) Centre is the only one of its kind in the country. Here around two dozen people are cared for...

Horrendous abortion

9 hours ago | Opinion

Modestus H We cannot live in the present without the past; we have to link them together. In the past, abortion was not as...

A seatbelt can save your...

9 hours ago | Opinion

FABIAN AMUKWELELEIn highly motorised countries, many deaths have been prevented by seatbelts. Yet, seatbelt compliance remains worryingly low in those countries, including Namibia, where vehicle...

Load More